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440 HISTORY OF PERSIA instruction and too jealous to admit of a coadjutor ; brutal in his language ; insolent in his demeanour ; indolent in his habits ; he brought the exchequer to the ver^e of bankruptcy and the country to the brink of revolution. The pay of the army was generally from three to five years ^ in arrears. The cavalry of the tribes was almost annihilated." Such—to adopt the weighty words of Rawlinson—was the condition of Persia in the middle of the nineteenth century.